meet your specialist trainer Scot Masamery
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapists for Needham, Newton, Waltham, Massachusetts
We called on Scot after over a year of escalating aggressive and distressing behavior by our 3.5 year-old pug. After moving into a new home, when our pug was about 2 years old, he began to showing signs of dominance, aggression and separation anxiety. For example, he perceived anything on our new, large screen TV as a threat, and he would repeatedly run at the wall the TV screen is mounted on, barking and running around the house, sniffing out a mispercieved threat. It got so bad that he was getting overheated from the distress. It got to the point that we could no longer turn on the TV without him going ballistic. This behavior then generealized to images on our laptop computers and smart phones that he would see. When we would try to put him in a separate room so we could watch TV without exposing him to the distress of the TV, he began attacking us as we would try to close the door, say, to our bedroom or office, where we would try to keep him. Additionally, he became increasingly aggressive with us (and anyone) who would try to leave our house -- jumping, barking, nipping and trying to block our exit. To try to remediate these behaviours, which were distressing to our pug as well as everyone in our family, we read books and watched videos online to try to find a fix, but our efforts yielded nothing helpful. Finally, feeling desperate, we stumbled across Scot and Bark Busters online. We were drawn to the in-the-home approach of Bark Busters as well as a number of other features of theirs that seemed more appealing than other options we had researched. Incredibly, after only a few hours of working with Scot, our pug's behaviour (as well as our family's towards him) improved. For the first time in over a year, we can now turn on and watch TV without eliciting a firestorm of barking and distressing behaviour from our pug. While we need to continue to practice and reinforce the techniques/approaches Scot taught us, we finally feel like we are on solid footing in our interaction with our pug. The dynamic between us has been reset. Our only wish is that we had learned these approaches earlier: a lot of stress and frustration could have been saved for all. Still, we are so happy to be where we are now, and we are so very grateful for the kind, knowledgeable and practical approach that Scot brought to training our pug and us -- no doubt the bulk of the education was directed at training us humans how to communicate/interact more effectively with our pug. Scot's thoughtful approach is something we hope more people experience.Heidi B.March 6 2017
Best Dog Training in South Shore!
If you're reading this, then you're probably frustrated with your dog's behavior and you're trying to determine the best way to do something about it.
You're thinking that you don't want to go to an obedience class because you don't believe a "one size fits all" approach is going to work for your pet. And, besides, who has the time or patience for a weekly class with 15 other barking dogs?
You don't want to send your dog away to one of those doggie "boot camps" because you're afraid her spirit might be broken, or fear that she'll return behaving more like a robot than a family pet. What about the behaviors that only occur in and around your home?
And you certainly don't want someone coming into your house and spinning your dog in circles until he becomes a whimpering shell of himself.
Did you know that your dog probably doesn't realize she's misbehaving, or understand how frustrated you are with her actions? Often, a poorly behaving dog is doing her very best to fulfill her responsibilities as she understands them.
The problem is that your dog doesn't understand your rules, and she makes bad decisions as a result. Therein lays the problem: you're not communicating.
So, how do you get your dog's behavior under control in a way that is not only convenient and effective, but will also result in a better relationship between you and your dog?
Bark Busters shows you how to communicate with your dog in a language he understands, so you can give him the education he's missing and provide the guidance he's craving. We will teach you how to deal with your dog's behavior in a humane, non-physical manner. Most importantly, we realize that you need a technique that fits with your lifestyle and the kind of relationship that you want to have with your pet, not some expert's opinion of how your dog is supposed to act.
My goal is for you to have control of your dog(s) using voice and body language. Our training philosophy is based on how dogs naturally learn and teach each other. We don't use harsh techniques, which often do more harm than good. After you learn the Bark Busters system, your dog will respond to you as his/her leader through respect, not just reacting to food or fear.
Dogs learn best when they can focus on the owner and trainer without distractions. In their home, dogs are less stressed, and therefore you can focus on the issues and they learn very quickly. It's important for you to know how to control your dog in "real life" situations. We accomplish this through our private and personalized sessions that help you and your dog overcome the specific challenges you are facing and achieve your training goals. Simply stated when you succeed we succeed.
Bark Busters was initially founded to help people whose dogs had behavioral problems and were in danger of being abandoned or euthanized. Such a mission is one of the reasons why I am here today. We use all natural and non-physical methods to help you and your dog communicate more effectively. We customize the training to each individual dog and owner to address your personal situation and circumstances, and we make it an enjoyable experience!
Take a step toward better communications and to achieve the relationship that both you and your dog deserve.
Silently the dog watches...
WORDS TO LIVE BY
Dogs, just like children, are shaped by the emotions of the parents. Any emotional scene leaves the mark.
- When your dog absorbs hostility from his environment he becomes vicious.
- When your dog absorbs emotional disapproval he mirrors contempt.
- When you live by selfish indecision your dog becomes unruly.
- When your dog absorbs pity and concern he develops illnesses and feels very sorry for himself.
- When your dog repeatedly feels shame he cowers and becomes guilty in spirit.
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how we can help you and your dog
The Bark Busters Home Dog Training Methods helps solve dog behavior issues such as aggression towards people or other animals
- Cure embarrassing habits like barking, jumping up on people, scratching & whining at doors or inappropriate toileting.
- Create an obedient dog or puppy that will happily walk on the lead without tugging, sit or stay on command, and come immediately when called.
- Set off-limit areas for your dog.
- Reduce the stress of separation anxiety without the need for sedatives or drugs.
We teach you to communicate with your pet.
Blah, blah, blah, bad dog! blah blah. Do you think your dog isn't listening to you? Maybe you're simply not speaking his language. You may have heard of dog whisperer or dog listener techniques. The Bark Busters dog training method is based on the way dogs communicate with each other and how they learn from older, more important dogs in the pack. This is what makes our dog training unique and effective.
Why do we train in your home?
Your dog lives with a family, in a home. This is where he misbehaves most often so this is where training is most effective. Dogs learn by association. Bark Busters teaches your dog to listen in the home environment. If he does not listen at home, he will not listen outside your territory.
Training in your home is a one-on-one system without the distraction of other dogs or the stress of being sent away for training.
Of course, where you are experiencing problems outside the home such as pulling on the lead or dog aggression, we will set up controlled training situations in the park or wherever is most practical.